Newham

State of the art Atherton Leisure Centre to open its doors

21 March 2016 in Regeneration and Sport and leisure
​The new state of the art Atherton Leisure Centre in Forest Gate will open its doors to the public for the first time on Saturday 2 April following its £14.7 million redevelopment.
​The brand new centre, in Romford Road, has a 25 metre six lane main pool and 20 metre training pool, a gym with the latest exercise equipment, two fitness studios, a group cycling studio, café, crèche and soft play area. It will open its doors at 8am on 2 April. 

The new centre, which has been built on the site of the original centre, will be managed by Newham Council’s leisure trust activeNewham. Among the advanced pieces of equipment on offer is one providing a full body workout over 12 different fitness stations and an innovative barbell weights system that helps works people’s muscles harder and longer.

The centre will also offer a wide range of group exercise classes including Body Attack to help boost stamina and coordination, Body Balance which helps improve core strength, and Body Pump which provides a full body workout.

People will need to book to use the pools on the centre’s opening weekend. However, they will then be available for a range of lessons for adults and children and sessions and times where they are open to all to use. Details of how to book will be on the activeNewham website www.activenewham.org.uk.

Councillor Ian Corbett, mayoral advisor for environment and leisure, said: “The multi-million investment in this new centre shows our commitment to providing our residents with every possible opportunity to lead fit and active lives.

“The old centre needed a major face lift to encourage people to use the centre and enjoy the benefits of regular exercise. This state of the art centre is a fantastic addition to the wide range of sport and leisure opportunities we provide across the borough for people of all ages and abilities.

“Hundreds of people have already signed up to become members. I am sure when our residents see the array of high quality facilities and classes available many more will follow their lead.”

The building will have step free access throughout the centre, with a lift to its upper floors. The teaching pool will also have an adjustable floor, to increase and decrease its depth, and there will be a platform lift to help disabled swimmers into the water.

The centre, built by Mulalley, includes the latest technology to turn waste heat into electricity which will help power the centre as well as reusing the rainwater collected on the roof. 

The centre is one of four leisure centres – including Balaam, Newham and East Ham - and a fitness centre in Manor Park, run by activeNewham on behalf of Newham Council.

For more information on the new Atherton Leisure Centre, including a video and how to become a member, see www.activenewham.org.uk/atherton.